Three Recipes to Elevate Your Average Lemonade

Hint: Honey Peach Lemonade may be the perfect addition to your BBQ.

July 3, 2015

By Lucy Baker, food writer, mom, and blogger at cheatingvegan.com

It’s prime lemonade stand season. If your kids are plotting to strike it rich by setting up a card table at the end of your driveway (or you’re in the mood for some fresh lemonade), you might be tempted to make a big batch of lemonade from concentrate or a powdered mix.

Don’t do it!

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Homemade lemonade is incredibly simple, and the flavor is head and shoulders above any shortcut variety. All you need to prepare a classic batch is water, lemons, and sugar, and about 10 minutes of prep time.

Of course, the variations are endless. I’m sharing two of my favorites—honey peach and cherry lime—but don’t be afraid to experiment. I’ve had success with cantaloupe, watermelon, cucumber, mint, and blueberry.

These recipes make between 6 and 8 cups, but they are easily doubled or tripled. If you have any leftover, make a special “Mommy’s version” by topping it with a little Prosecco.

Classic Lemonade
Makes 6 cups

4 cups water, divided

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 4-6 large lemons)

In a small saucepan, combine 2 cups of water and the sugar. Bring to a simmer and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Let cool. Transfer sugar syrup to a pitcher and stir in the remaining 2 cups of water and the lemon juice. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill.

Honey Peach Lemonade
Makes 7 to 8 cups

4 large, ripe peaches

4 cups water, divided

1 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons honey

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 4-6 large lemons)

Chop the peaches (discarding the pits) and transfer to a blender. Add 2 cups of water and puree until very smooth. Set a strainer over a large bowl. Pour the peach mixture through the strainer. Use a wooden spoon to stir and gently press the mixture, extracting as much liquid as possible. You should have between 3 and 4 cups.

In a small saucepan, combine the remaining 2 cups of water, the sugar, and honey. Bring to a simmer and stir until the sugar and honey have dissolved. Let cool. Transfer sugar syrup to a pitcher and stir in the peach mixture and the lemon juice. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill.

Cherry Limeade
Makes 6 to 7 cups

2 cups fresh, pitted sweet cherries

4 cups water, divided

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 8-10 limes)

Combine the cherries and 2 cups of water in a blender and puree until very smooth. Set a strainer over a large bowl. Pour the cherry mixture through the strainer. Use a wooden spoon to stir and gently press the mixture, extracting as much liquid as possible. You should have about 3 cups.

In a small saucepan, combine the remaining 2 cups of water and the sugar. Bring to a simmer and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Let cool. Transfer sugar syrup to a pitcher and stir in the cherry mixture and the lime juice. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill.

Lucy Baker is a freelance food writer and blogger at cheatingvegan.com. Find her on Instagram and Pinterest.

July 4th Fireworks Guide 2015

Everything you need to know about where to see fireworks in Westchester.

July 1, 2015

The fireworks start tonight (!) and continue throughout the weekend. Here’s where to go, and what to expect.

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Larchmont
Bring the kids to for family races at Flint Park in Larchmont on Saturday, July 4th at 10am. Then head to Manor Park (99 Park Avenue, Larchmont), a gorgeous waterfront green space, later that evening for live music. Fireworks at dusk.

Mamaroneck
What’s more fun than fireworks? A carnival. The Mamaroneck Firemen’s Carnival runs every night from June 26th to July 5th, but see fireworks over the Long Island Sound on July 4th at Harbor Island Park (123 Mamaroneck Avenue) around 9pm. On that day, the carnival will open at 4pm.

New Rochelle
Head to the waterfront at Hudson Park or Five Islands Park to see the fireworks on July 4 at 9:30pm.

Ossining
On Thursday, July 2, enjoy a live concert by the Mike Risko Band and Road to Ruin at 7pm at Louis Engel Waterfront Park (160 Westerly Road, Ossining), then see the fireworks at 9:15pm. Pack a picnic or buy food on site. Rain date is July 9th.

Peekskill
At Riverfront Green Park on July 4th, there will be a parade at 10am, a free concert at 7, with fireworks going off at 9pm.

Rye
Don’t forget Rye Playland as a fun spot to see the fireworks. There’s fireworks every Friday night here, but on July 3rd, you can ride the amusements long enough to see the display at 9:15pm.

Scarsdale
The Scarsdale Pool Complex opens its doors to the public at 5pm on Wednesday, July 1 for a fireworks show planned for 9:15pm. $2 per person.

Sleepy Hollow
Folks in the Rivertowns can head to Sleepy Hollow on July 4th for a beautiful display over the Hudson River. Fireworks will set off from the old GM plant at 9pm.

Valhalla
It’s more than fireworks at this celebration on Friday, July 3rd, at Kensico Dam. The DJ starts at 6pm, then comes the Gerard Carelli Orchestra will play patriotic tunes, followed by a spectacular fireworks display at 9:15pm. Lots of green space for the kids to run around on and great playgrounds on site.

White Plains
Bring your beach chairs to White Plains High School on July 2 from 6 to 10pm for an evening of patriotic fun. Expect rides, food, walking performers (read: acrobats), and of course, fireworks around 9pm.

Yonkers
There are two chances to see fireworks in Yonkers. The first is part of SummerFest at the Cross County Mall (8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers) on Thursday, July 2. A Santana tribute band plays at 7pm on the green, fireworks begin at 9:30pm. While you can see the fireworks from anywhere, organizers say the best view will be at the north parking lot, facing the Cross County Parkway.

The Yonkers Waterfront will get its own fireworks display on July 4th at 9:15pm. Come earlier for activities for kids (scavenger hunt, Hudson River puzzle, meet the animals) as well as live music on the pier.

Sun Safety Tips for Summer

One local pediatrician gives us the facts.

June 29, 2015

We all love fun in the sun with our families in the summertime, but with so much information on sun protection being thrown at us, we wanted to get the facts straight. We asked Dr. Dan Cohen of WestMed to share his top tips for summer sun safety, the obvious takeaway being “sunscreen is vital for our kids.” Dr. Cohen advises us to use SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen and to reapply every 2-4 hours, using approximately a full ounce to cover. “Sunburns are cumulative over the life of your child,” says Dr. Cohen. (Click here to see the Environmental Working Group’s 2015 list of the worst sunblocks for kids — and adults. Hint: Neutrogena is out!)

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Here are his top facts to know about sunscreen use:

1. SPF (Sun Protection Factor) only relates to UVB ray protection not UVA.

2. Broad Spectrum sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

3. SPF 15 protects against 93% of UVB while SPF 30 is 97%. Above this there is limited increases noted.

4. No matter what, sunscreen needs to be reapplied every 2 hours using approximately 1 ounce of sunscreen (a shot glass full).

5. Tanning before sun exposure protects only approximately 3%.

6. Radiation is a LIFETIME exposure and is additive so it is important to protect your kids. (Think of it like x-rays over a lifetime).

7. The key term is “Water Resistant.” “Sweatproof ” and “waterproof” are not indicative of its ability to stay on.

8. Chemical and Physical sunscreens are both effective and despite threatened risks (ie. reports that the chemical agents now in sunscreen are causing “hormone imbalances”), are much safer than the exposure unprotected.

9. The “cloudy day burn” is a phenomenon that is still not completely understood. Clouds block some rays but can intensify others.

10. Babies less than 6 months old have not been tested for prolonged exposure to sunscreen so it is not recommended for them.

Dr. Cohen says that “the best sun protection is clothing, hats, sunglasses and shade for children. It is important to remember that protection from UV rays does not avoid potential complications of heat and dehydration.” For more information, visit the Skin Cancer Foundation website.

Daniel Cohen, MD, is a pediatrician with 20 years experience and one of six pediatricians who have recently joined WestMed from Westchester Pediatrics.  They are a long standing group with an exemplary reputation whose senior partner, Fred Bomback, has been recognized as Best in Westchester numerous times.  Dan and his partners are faculty at Children’s Hospital of New York- Columbia Presbyterian and truly want nothing more than to help keep your children the happiest and healthiest they can be.

Take Pictures Like a Pro This Summer

Photographer Leila Sutton gives us her tips for capturing kids on camera.

June 28, 2015

With the longer days and many opportunities to be outside, summer is one of the best times to break out the camera and record the action. But if you’re like me, you’re always wishing that you knew how to take better pictures. That’s why we asked Westchester-based photographer Leila Sutton of Leila Sutton Photography for her advice on the best ways to capture kids on cameras and smartphones. Here’s what she told us.

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1. Happy Kids, Great Expressions

For a successful photo session, make sure the kids are well fed and rested. That’s your foundation. Smiling and laughing comes naturally to kids, so just keep the mood light and stay in constant motion. Make a game of directing them to the area you want, rather than coercing them to stay in one spot. Get them giggling with silly lines like: “Say ‘peas and carrots!’” or “Say ‘dirty underwear!’”

Roll with the unexpected, and they may delight you with some magical expressions and moments. When things are going south, simply take a break for some milk or a snack, or change up the scenery. Bribery can also be a powerful tool – did someone say lollipop?

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2. Composition Matters

Use objects in the foreground or background to your advantage. Peek through some branches, lay a child’s toy on the ground near the camera, or shoot toward the sun and encircle your child with sunlight and glare. Try out an unusual perspective. Since we’re so used to seeing our kids from above in real life, get down on the ground instead and they’ll feel larger than life, heroic. Eye-level is a winner every time, because it’s intimate and brings you into their world. Or take photos from directly over their heads for a “parents view,” which feels endearing.

It is usually best to avoid placing your child in the center of the frame. Instead, place them off to the side, about one-third in from any corner. This is referred to as the “rule of thirds” (see the photo below for a good example). Another potential pitfall is having objects like tree branches in the background that appear to stick out of your kid’s head. Since kids move constantly, sometimes it’s you who has to get up and move to get an amazing composition.

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3. Light + Emotion = Your Image

Sometimes the light alone determines the mood of your photograph. Backlighting with late afternoon sun is nothing short of divine. You can change the image dramatically by changing the angle of your camera in relation to the sunlight, to let in or diminish lens flare. Keep the sun itself out of the frame. Experiment.

When the sun is blazing midday, open shade may be the way to go – it’s the patch of earth on the edge of a shadow (from a tree or your house, for example). You should be positioned in the sun, and your kid should be just on the edge of the shade, facing you and the light source. The light will be soft and even, and you’ll still get a sparkle in their eyes.

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4. Catch the Action

When it comes to action shots, indoor conditions may not provide enough light to keep things from being blurry, so get yourself outside. That’s where the kids want to be anyway!

To catch the action, you have to be quick. If you’re responding to something that’s already happening, watch the course of the action a few times and plan out your best angle and timing. If you can control the action, have the kids start and end at the same place repeatedly, and take several photos as they go. If they are not already doing it, ask them to smile while they run around!

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5. Back It Up!

Cameras on phones are phenomenal these days, and there are no shortage of apps out there that allow us to enhance our images with filters and adjustments. Camera Awesome is a powerful one, and Instagram is social and fun. Some phones have options to set the point of focus and dial the exposure up or down with a simple tap of the screen. Try keeping your flash off for more pleasing images using only ambient light. My favorite thing about smartphones is that you no longer have to worry about missing a moment, unless you run out of space. Speaking of which, you are backing up, right?

Consider cloud storage for a moderate photo collection, which is often inexpensive or even free, as with an Amazon Prime membership. There are manual or automatic backup services, so use what works for you. Hard drives fail. Phones fall in toilets. I can’t tell you how many people I know who have lost files and images because they weren’t backing up properly. Protect your memories!

Cooking Classes For Budding Chefs

These local places will cook with your kids – and do all the clean up!

June 26, 2015

My daughter recently attended a cooking-themed birthday party at Williams-Sonoma in The Westchester, and it was so much fun that I was surprised we’ve never been to one before. It may be because they’re not very well advertised – but they do exist! If your kids are budding chefs or foodies in training – or simply love to eat – here are four places that will cook up a storm with them. And, perhaps more importantly, clean up the ensuing mess!

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Williams-Sonoma
This cookware megastore offers children’s cooking classes in The Westchester at 10 a.m. on Saturdays. There’s a different theme each week; check out the schedule online and call ahead to reserve a spot. The birthday parties are not advertised but can be done if you call and ask. At the party my daughter attended, the theme was healthy cooking, followed by some decidedly unhealthy cupcake decorating. The store tries to accommodate different age groups and can host up to 20 guests.
The Westchester, 125 Westchester Avenue, Suite 1070A, White Plains; 914-644-8360

Sur La Table
There are two locations in Westchester, one in White Plains at The Westchester, and one in Yonkers at Ridge Hill. This summer, both are offering a cooking series for kids ages 8 to 12 (although I’ve heard they’ll accept slightly younger kids as well). Themes range from “the science of cooking” to “cooking around the world” to “sweet treats.” Classes are only available as a one-week session. Go to the website for more details and to reserve a space. Small-size birthday parties featuring pizza or pasta making, as well as cupcake decorating, can also be held at the store.
The Westchester, 125 Westchester Avenue, Suite 2805A, White Plains; 914-220-9810
Ridge Hill, 1 Ridge Hill Boulevard, Yonkers; 914-652-9643

42 Restaurant
If your kids are serious about cooking, 42 Restaurant, at the top of The Residences at Ritz-Carlton Westchester in White Plains, is offering a cooking camp this summer with certified teacher Angela Bastone-Concalves, restaurant owner Anthony Goncalves and several guest chefs. Kids will work in small groups and rotate between stations that demonstrate everything from culinary techniques to professional kitchen equipment. The young chefs will even get to visit the White Plains farmers’ market to select their ingredients. The camp is divided into three week-long sessions, two running in June and July for kids ages 10 and up, and one taking place in August for kids 7 to 9 years old.
1 Renaissance Square, White Plains; 914-261-7248

California Pizza Kitchen
For the younger set there’s CPK, which will host pizza-making birthday parties for kids as young as 2. The guests are presented with half-cooked pizza pies, which they get to cover in sauce and decorate with toppings. While the pizzas finish baking in the oven, the kids are treated to a tour of the kitchen. Then it’s sundae-making time! CPK only does parties at 10:30 a.m., before the restaurant opens, so that the kitchen can be accessed for the tour. Large groups are welcome.
365 Central Park Avenue, Scarsdale; 914-722-0600

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Westchester Spray and Sprinkler Parks

A guide to the area's best water parks.

June 24, 2015

When it’s this hot, everyone starts looking for a way to cool down. No need to stay in the backyard. There are several spray and sprinkler parks in the area that offer water play for kids (and grown-ups)! So pack up that beach bag. If you don’t have a town pool to go to, don’t miss our roundup of public pools in the region.

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Pierson Park Water Spray Park, Tarrytown
If you didn’t make it to the spray-ground at the newly renovated Pierson Park last summer, make a plan to visit now. Two brand new playgrounds (one for tots 2 to 5, and a second one for older children) sit next to the sprayers, situated on the banks of the Hudson River. When you’re done cooling off, explore River Walk, take in views of the Tappan Zee Bridge (young building enthusiasts can spy the construction of the new span), and get a homemade ice cream at Lighthouse Ice Cream and Coffee. The Vietnamese Coffee gelato is amazing, if they have it on the day you visit.

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Harbor Island Sprinkler Park and Playground, Mamaroneck
Located right on the beach, Harbor Island’s Sprinkler Park allows your kids to play in the sand, then wash off in the sprinklers. When it’s time to dry off, head over to Harbor Island’s Playground for more fun. The beach and sprinkler park are open until 5 pm every day until Labor Day. Bonus: One of our favorite places for ice pops and homemade ice cream, Paleteria Fernandez, is nearby at 350 Mamaroneck Avenue.

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Bob the Builder Splash Works at Splash Down Beach, Fishkill
Let the kids climb, splash and slide their way around 50 interactive features at this kiddie splash park, located within  a larger splash park about an hour north. Your little ones will love the geysers and the chance to dump a bucket of water on you. Expect Bob to make an appearance. Bottom line: Let the older kids explore the big slides, while your wee ones enjoy the little ones.  Perfect for the under five set.

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Saxon Woods Park, White Plains
Westchester’s largest public pool has tons of spray features for kids to dive into. With an actual play structure situated in the pool – and water spraying all around it – kids can’t help but have a good time.

Willson’s Waves Pool, Mt. Vernon
At Willson’s Waves, an interactive water playground shoots out sprays, fountains, cascades and “curtains” of water. Best of all, the pool is zero to 1.5 feet deep, perfect for toddlers and preschoolers alike. On the “spray deck,” there are 57 different spray heads on a level surface to cool down in.

The Brook at Tibbetts Brook Park, Yonkers
Get in the pool and get ready to be sprayed. The large in-pool spray playground shoots out over one side of the pool, while a shallow area has a geyser-like fountain for splashing. There’s also in-pool basketball and volleyball, lap lanes, in-pool benches and a lazy river with inner tubes. The original pavilions at the end of each pool have been restored creating a charming vintage-style pool.

The 411 on International Travel Safety With Kids

Dr. David Goldberg of Scarsdale Medical Group tells us where to go and where not to go.

June 23, 2015

Thinking of taking an international trip with young ones this summer? We spoke with Dr. David Goldberg of Scarsdale Medical Group to get a better understanding of safe vs. unsafe destinations and how to prepare accordingly. Dr. Goldberg specializes in internal medicine and infectious diseases and manages a traveler’s health website.

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First off, where NOT to go.

“You’ll definitely want to avoid countries where the Ebola outbreaks are still occurring, including Sierra Leone and Guinea,” says Dr. Goldberg. “There are also certain countries that are not recommended for pregnant women and infants 9 months and younger due to yellow fever presence.” These countries generally fall in the tropics of Africa and South America, between the latitudes of 15 degrees North and 15 degrees South. “The vaccine for yellow fever, a life-threatening condition, contains a weakened live virus, which is not recommended for young babies or pregnant women. Pregnant women should also avoid any countries with malaria as the effects of malaria pills are unknown for expecting mothers.”

How to Prepare for Your Trip 

Dr. Goldberg suggests planning to receive vaccinations for international travel at least one month prior to your trip. Once you’ve been vaccinated and you are packing, you should bring an over-the-counter anti-diarrhea medication like Imodium. He also suggests taking a broad spectrum antibiotic and an antibacterial cream for cuts and scrapes. “Depending on where you’re traveling, you may want to bring band-aids, ace bandages and Tylenol, as well” says Dr. Goldberg.

Other considerations for traveling internationally

When traveling with or without families, you should do your research on the availability and quality of medical facilities in foreign countries. If you are pregnant and go into labor early (it happens!), you’ll want to make sure the medical care is sufficient. Dr. Goldberg recommends using the U.S. Embassy website to find information on health facilities in countries around the world.

We found it interesting that Dr. Goldberg worries less about young children traveling than college-age kids. “Moms are there to protect their little ones, closely monitoring what they eat and drink and that they use bug repellent and the like,” says Dr. Goldberg. College-age kids, without parental supervision, are more likely to be less cautious with a feeling of invincibility, hence they tend to have more health issues when proper precautions aren’t taken.

Worry-Free Travel (Healthwise)

Dr. Goldberg assured us that travel to Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Israel and Canada require no precautionary action or vaccinations, in general.

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Dr. Goldberg, pictured above, is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases.  He developed and manages a Traveler’s Health website (www.mdtravelhealth.com) that is updated regularly and provides a wealth of information for travel overseas. He has a broad knowledge base within and outside the field of medicine, is extremely thorough in the care of his patients, and doesn’t hesitate to provide for all their needs.

The provision of high-quality, personalized health care to Westchester County and New York’s Hudson Valley region has been the mission of the Scarsdale Medical Group for more than 50 years. Their working philosophy of compassion, confidence, and commitment has enabled them to become known and respected by patients and peers throughout the tri-state area.

Scarsdale Medical Group, 259 Heathcote Rd, Scarsdale, NY 10583;(914)723-8100.

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Fruit Water Recipes

Drink these fruit-and-herb infusions instead of sugary juices all summer long.

June 22, 2015

I’ve been making fruit water to serve at our cookouts, and they’ve been a big hit with our guests! After all, what’s not to love about simple, refreshing concoctions of fruit and herbs – they’re beautiful to present, good for you, and delicious, too. As a bonus, preparing them is a fun activity to do with the kids. Here are some of the best recipes that I’ve come across. All fruit water infusions should be consumed within a couple of days for maximum freshness.

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Strawberry and Basil
This is the classic combination, and one of the most flavorful. Slice the strawberries very thin so they’ll float, and give the basil leaves a gentle crumple. Pop the whole thing in the fridge for just an hour and it’s ready. Guests already here? Pierce the strawberries with a fork and muddle the basil to speed up the infusing process.

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Grapefruit and Rosemary
I love this combination because even though my kids find grapefruit juice too bitter to drink, they’ll drink this. Half a grapefruit and six sprigs of rosemary is enough to make a whole pitcher. Give the concoction at least three hours in the fridge for the flavors to come out.

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Watermelon and Mint
This combination is the ultimate in refreshment. Just cut the watermelon into medium-size cubes and add a few sprigs of crumpled mint. Try sparkling water instead of flat if you like bubbles!

The Perfect Summer Strawberry Hunt

Where to pick-your-own before the season ends.

June 19, 2015

Ushering in the pick-your-own season, fresh strawberries are yours for the harvesting right now at Lawrence Farms Orchards in Newburgh, New York, approximately an hour from Westchester. They were plentiful and perfectly ripe this past Sunday and should remain available throughout June – but call first to check. Admission is $3 a person; kids under 2 are free.

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If you’ve never been to Lawrence before, it’s a fantastic place for your family to spend the day. Arrive in the morning to pick the fruit before it gets too hot, eat lunch at the outdoor picnic tables (food is sold on the premises, if you’d rather not bring your own), then spend the afternoon watching your kids play in the “Little Village,” a charming set of child-size structures built to resemble an old-fashioned New England farm town.

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Already been to Lawrence and looking to try something new? Fishkill Farms in Dutchess County and Jones Family Farm in Shelton, Connecticut, are two other strawberry-picking options within an hour of Westchester. Have a great time filling those cartons!

Lawrence Farms Orchards, 306 Frozen Ridge Road, Newburgh; 845-562-4268

Summer Movies For Kids at Alamo

Even your littlest ones can go to these family-friendly showings.

June 17, 2015

I have trouble doing anything inside on a gorgeous summer day. But then there are those sticky, steamy, super hot days where you don’t want to be outside at all. Good news: One local movie theater is offering young children a cool place to escape.

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Beginning at the end of the month, the Alamo Cinema and Drafthouse in Yonkers is hosting a Summer Kids Camp, offering a variety of weekday “pay what you can” matinees that will cost only $1 to $3 per child. (Even better, the ticket price is actually a donation, which will help support local organizations, like Groundwork Hudson Valley.) Every week features a different movie — and a different charity. Mark your calendars with the following line-up, and buy your tickets online to reserve the best seats in the house.

The Land Before Time – 6/29-7/2

Despicable Me – 7/6-7/9

Charlotte’s Web – 7/13-7/16

Muppets Most Wanted – 7/20-23

Mary Poppins – 7/27-7/30

How To Train Your Dragon 2 – 8/3-8/6

Kung Fu Panda 2 – 8/17-8/20

The Parent Trap – 8/24-8/27

Chicken Run – 8/31-9/3

Alamo Cinema and Drafthouse, 2548 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers; 914-226-3082

Westchester Summer Concert Series 2015

Dance the night away at a free, local performance.

June 15, 2015

Bopping with your kids to free, live music – we can’t think of a better way to spend the hazy summer evenings. Summer concert series all around Westchester are starting up this month, with several towns giving performances on the Fourth of July. So get out the picnic blanket and check out the list below to find the concert nearest you!

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Dobbs Ferry
When: Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., starting June 17
Where: Estherwood Mansion at The Masters School

Harrison
When: Wednesdays and Thursdays (times vary), starting July 8 (performance also on July 4th)
Where: Location varies (check website)

Ossining
When: Fridays at 7:00 p.m., starting June 10
Where: Louis Engel Waterfront Park

Pelham
When: Mondays at 7:30, starting June 22
Where: Town House Park

Rye
When: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., starting July 10 (performance also on July 4th)
Where: Rye Town Park South Pavilion

Scarsdale
When: Thursdays at 8:00 p.m., starting June 26
Where: Chase Park

Tarrytown
When: Thursdays at 7:00 p.m., starting June 25
Where: Pierson Park

Yonkers
When: Various days and times (check website), starting July 2
Where: Cross County Shopping Center

Yorktown
When: Sundays at 6:00 p.m., starting June 28
Where: John De Vito Gazebo

Not enough music for you? Arts Westchester offers a list of other music events happening around Westchester this summer. And we also wanted to mention that the Katonah Museum of Art and Caramoor Center for Music and Arts are co-hosting a series of three outdoor concerts this summer in KMA’s sculpture garden, featuring American roots (June 24), jazz (July 15) and classical (August 5) music. Tickets for each concert are $15 for KMA and Caramoor members, $20 for nonmembers, and the price includes beer and wine.

Climb Out of the Darkness

Join a local walk to raise awareness about postpartum depression.

June 12, 2015

When my daughter was born a few months back, I was lucky to leave the delivery room with the happy mommy high — and I’ve felt energized and on top of the world since. But I didn’t have that same burst of positive emotion when I brought my first baby home five years ago. My hormones were out of whack, and now that I’m older and wiser, I can see that I suffered from the baby blues in those first several weeks without even realizing it.

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Postpartum depression affects 1 in every 7 women and is the most common complication of childbirth. In the Hudson Valley alone, that means over 4,300 women — and only 15% (645) receive treatment. So I was thrilled when I received an email from Dutchess County resident Mariah Warren, who is organizing the first local “Climb Out of the Darkness,” the world’s largest event to raise awareness of postpartum depression, anxiety, psychosis and pregnancy depression.

Climbs (walks or hikes) are held around the world by Postpartum Progress each year on or near the longest day of the year to help shine a light on maternal mental illness. Postpartum Progress is a patient run/focused national nonprofit that raises awareness of maternal mental illnesses and provides support for pregnant and new moms struggling with them. All donations raised by the Climbs go to support this mission, and this year, 15% of all donations from NY teams will go to the Postpartum Resource Center of NY, so any money raised will have a direct impact on the physical support services available to moms in our state.

If you’re interested in raising awareness — and cash — the local Climb will be an easy-moderate, family-friendly hike at Sal J. Prezioso Mountain Lakes Park in North Salem, NY on June 20th at 10am. It is open to all — moms who’ve experienced a post-partum mood disorder, their families, and their supporters. All participants ages 16 and over must register at http://bit.ly/COTDHudsonValley2015. For more info, visit www.postpartumprogress.org, or email Team Leader Mariah Warren at gaelcat@comcast.net.

10 Things To Know About Baby’s First Year

June 11, 2015

Whether you’re about to give birth to your first, or you’re pregnant with baby number three, you’ll appreciate pediatrician Dr. Amy Eisenberg’s advice for the first 12 months of your little angel’s life. Dr. Eisenberg, a Westchester mom of two girls, has been practicing pediatrics for 19 years and has recently joined Scarsdale Medical Group. Here is her honest […]

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A New Place to Get Messy

June 10, 2015

By Nancy Fann-Im, a freelance writer and editor who blogs at TrippyPlaces.com There’s a new art studio in town, and it’s offering free classes throughout the month of June! Scribble Art Workshop, which has a studio in Manhattan, has just opened a second outpost in Hastings-on-Hudson. The classes are grouped by age, from 18 months to […]

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June Happy List

June 8, 2015

I don’t know about you, but my summer weekends are booking up fast, especially since there’s so much happening this June in Westchester. From an old fashioned baseball game to a 35 foot climbing wall, here are some of the best events this month. Give paddling a try for free at the Yonkers Paddling and […]

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Customized Hand-Cut Silhouettes are Perfect for Dads & Grads!

June 6, 2015

If you’re looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift or simply want to capture your child’s sweet silhouette, look no further than the PaperCutterie Shop on Etsy! Local mom and frequent contributor to Wee Westchester, Nancy Fann-Im, recently launched her business where she creates unique, one-of-a-kind silhouettes by hand. Cut in textured black cardstock in the traditional style, […]

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